Wassail

Makes 16 1/2 cups (without wine).

Note: This Dean family favorite was handed down from a friend long ago. It's a fragrant drink to serve to guests at any winter gathering. To make simple syrup, heat equal portions water and sugar together until sugar dissolves. From Lee Svitak Dean

10 whole cloves, plus more for garnish

• 1 stick cinnamon

• 3 c. hot black tea

• 2 quarts (8 c.) apple cider

• 1 c. simple syrup (see Note)

• 3 c. orange juice

• 1 c. grapefruit juice

• 1/2 c. cranberry juice

• 1 c. red wine, if desired

• Several orange halves, for garnish

Directions

Place 10 whole cloves and cinnamon stick in cheesecloth, tie it and combine with tea in a big pot. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add cider, simple syrup, orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and wine, if using. Heat to just before boiling point and simmer for 10 minutes. Refrigerate overnight.

To serve, stick whole cloves in orange halves and float in wassail while reheating. Remove cheesecloth with spices and serve.